Oct. 21, 2012
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Sophomore Abby Barker's two goals led the No. 20 Michigan State field hockey team over Central Michigan, 2-1. Goaltender Molly Cassidy notched eight saves as the Spartans improved their record to 10-8.
"I am pleased that we got a win today," said head coach Helen Knull. "However, we will need to clean up parts of our game before we play Penn State on Saturday."
In the 28th minute, Barker took two shots on goal in a row, as CMU goaltender Anastasia Netto saved and deflected them back to her. Barker persisted in her efforts and with her third shot, Barker shot high to net the ball and put MSU on the scoreboard.
Shortly after Barker's score, Central came back at MSU in a similar fashion in the 34th minute. Cassidy saved the first shot by Chippewa Bailey McKeon, which was followed by Abby Roth's shot on which Jenni Smith stepped in for a defensive save. Central's third shot on goal within five seconds was made by Skylar Vannatta, who tied up the score at 1-1 as her shot made it past the MSU defense.
The second half was scoreless, forcing the game into an extra period. With 1:32 expired in the extra period, Barker shot the ball into the cage as Netto came out of the box. Barker’s 16th goal of the year gave the Spartans the overtime victory against regional rival CMU. Heather Howie assisted on the game-winning goal.
MSU recorded 18 shots and four corners, while CMU tallied 15 shots and one corner.
Michigan State returns home to Ralph Young Field for its final game of regular season, hosting Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m.